Graduate & SCPS

Spring Commencement

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Time Event
4:30 p.m. Graduates report to designated assembly areas
5 p.m. Doors open for seating in Draddy Gymnasium – tickets are required for all guests
6 p.m. Commencement procession begins
8 p.m. Reception on the Quadrangle following ceremony
  • Tickets

    Graduation announcements, up to 8 tickets and instructions for commencement will be distributed from the dean’s office of your school beginning Tuesday, April 14 through Friday, May 1. 

    You must complete the following before picking up your graduation packets:

    • Pay all Fees: Pay a graduation fee, if you have not already done so, and any other outstanding tuition balances.
    • Exit Counseling: Online exit counseling is required if you borrowed federal loans (Stafford and/or Perkins) and/or the TEACH Grant. Students will be sent instructions by email and can refer to the Financial Aid exit counseling page.
    • Graduation Clearance Checklist: Please log on to Self-Service beginning Monday, April 6 to review your customized graduation clearance checklist. Your checklist outlines the requirements you need to complete BEFORE you are eligible to claim your graduation tickets at the dean's office.
  • Cap and Gown Distribution

    Only students who have been cleared to graduate will be provided academic attire. There is no additional charge for your cap and gown, and you do not have to return it after the ceremony.

    Cap and gown distribution will begin at the Graduation Fair. If you don't attend the Graduation Fair, you can pick up your cap and gown attire from the bookstore beginning April 15 during normal operating hours.

    Recognized clubs and academic honor societies may apply for permission to wear cords at Commencement by emailing the office of the Provost at

  • Graduation Announcements

    Each graduating student will receive formal printed graduation announcements. These are distributed with the tickets.

    Notices in Your Local Newspaper

    Manhattan College sends out notices to the hometown newspapers for all graduating students. If you're graduating this year but do not wish to have an announcement sent to your local paper, please email no later than May 8, 2020. Please include your name and indicate whether you are a graduate or SCPS student.

  • Photography

    Official College Photography

    Manhattan College has several official photographers taking photos for all the Commencement events. 

    Individual Student Photos

    Each student will have their photo taken during the Commencement ceremony as they cross the stage. Proofs of these photos and purchase options will be emailed to each student a few days following Commencement. 

    General Commencement Photos

    College photographers will be taking photos throughout the day for both Commencement events. These photos will be posted to a few days after the event. High-resolution photos can be downloaded free of charge.

    Guest Photography

    Guests who will be taking photographs during Commencement may not enter the aisles at any time during the academic procession. Also, no one is permitted to enter the student seating area for any reason. Please be mindful not to obstruct the view of other guests as you are taking photos. 

    Guests can photograph any part of the procession outside the gym on Walsh Plaza or behind general seating areas. Before or after the ceremony, you are welcome to take photos anywhere on campus that is publicly accessible. 

  • Diploma Distribution

    Immediately following commencement, students (only) will be asked to report in cap and gown to Smith Auditorium. After you pick up your diploma, students please join your guests at the post-commencement reception on the Quadrangle.

  • Keynote Speaker
    To be announced.